Friday, 16 February 2018
Thursday, 15 February 2018
Saturday, 10 February 2018
Friday, 9 February 2018
I can't do FAWM this year, because I'm working on the ReBeatled project and doing preproduction on my album, but a whole bunch of lovely FAWMers posted Beatle parody birthday tributes - and it absolutely made my day.
Liz Frencham was the ring leader who kicked it all off with a version of the Beatles ‘Birthday’
They say it's your birthday
But FAWM is on too, yeah
What good is your birthday
When we can’t do a co-write?
We’re glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you
Says he going to do marathon
And pre-production on his baritone
Beatles ensemble and the pressures on
We’re all wishing you well (Birthday)
From our songwriting hell (Birthday)
We’re trying to channel Adele (Birthday)
Lee Pat got in on the act with some bilingual wordplay on 'Julia'
Just got job of lifetime - so he says
Must skip FAWM so changed his name to
Still the Matt we know and love but
Julia, Julia, Juuuuuuuulia
Low Hum channeled McCartney's short but sassy 'Why Don't We Do It In The Road'
Why didn't you make it to the FAWM?
Ev'ryone's missing you
Why didn't you make it to the fun!
And Expendable Friend went full Betard with her amazing demo of 'Good Day Sunshine' working in references to my projects, ultra marathons and the Kon Mari (happy socks!) method.
So here we go again
Writing songs and hanging out with friends
But this year
FAWM is missing Matt
And we all hope that he is going to have
Some birthday sunshine!
If he does a birthday run
Training for his ultra-marathon
And in between
The big ensemble piece
And working on the album he'll release
We hope he finds
He gets a minute to
Thank his socks for everything they do
Check out her demo here.
Tuesday, 2 January 2018
In Jan 2017 being terribly overweight and unfit and having a long standing dream to be able to run a marathon I set myself the following goals.
- Lose 10lbs
- Run a marathon by the end of the year
- Do 1 chin up
The means I settled on were: the Slow Carb Diet, cold showers and various exercise plans off the 'net. Now one year on (Jan 2018)
- I've lost 47lbs (3st 5lbs), 23 1/2 'total inches' (waist, hips, thighs, biceps) and my BMI has reduced by 7.1.
- Run a marathon, two half-marathons, three 10k, one 5k and around thirty Parkrun 5ks,
- Can regularly do 5 chin ups.
I couldn't have done it without the support and encouragement from my wife, and all the people who sponsored me on my marathon but also the following people made it possible
Tim Ferriss (Slow Carb Diet)
Alan Broodryk (NHS knee and hip specialist and former ultrarunner)
Jason Fitzgerald (Strength Running Warm ups and running plan)
Nick Nilsson (chin up specialist)
The Forest Rec Parkrun Volunteers
In 2018 I'm hoping to run my first ultra marathon.
Here's the books, films, TV shows that I most enjoyed in 2017 (hardly any were released in 2017 though)
Marie Kondo: The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying
Joshua Wolf Shenk: Powers Of Two
Primo Levi: If This Is A Man/The Truce
Christopher McDougall: Born to Run
Thomas Pynchon: Inherent Vice
Martin McDonagh: The Cripple Of Inishmaan
Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye
Victor Hugo: Les Miserables
Hunt For The Wilderpeople (Netflix)
Shimmer Lake (Netflix)
Manchester By The Sea
War For The Planet Of The Apes
Logan, Spiderman: Homecoming and Wonder Woman were also good
TV Shows (all available on Netflix)
The Good Place
Narcos (especially S3)
The Mighty Boosh S1
also two comedy specials
Rory Scovel Tries Stand Up For The First Time
Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers
The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young (Netflix)
Miss Sharon Jones! (Netflix)
Randy Newman: Harps And Angels
Loudon Wainwright III: A Live One
Ani DiFranco: Ani DiFranco
Sunday, 3 December 2017
My first competitive race since the marathon was the Nottingham Christmas Half Marathon at Holme Pierrepont. Fuelled by christmas pudding, AC/DC and arm-sweat salt I achieved a time of 2:02:07 and finished 351 out of 677 runners.
Happy with that as I had no game plan, very little training and no goal other than to finish.
My son did his first race - 5k - and loved it.